Course details

CRICOS course code: 094684M

Level of study: Undergraduate


The Bachelor of Arts Therapy is designed to provide graduates with a broad and coherent body of knowledge relating to the field of psychotherapy, with specific emphasis on the underlying principles and concepts of Arts Psychotherapy.

What will I learn?

At Ikon we all learn together. A feature of this course is the focus on experiential small group learning; this enables students to develop and practice their skills and knowledge in a safe supportive environment. Ikon’s academic staff are all highly qualified, experienced and involved in current Arts Therapy practice; this ensures that the academic content is relevant, current, practical, and engaging. Our specialised academics will support you during your studies and expose you to a variety of approaches and experiences to help you develop your full potential and feel confident and career-ready upon completion of the course.

Students will learn: To use a range of different modalities (visual art, sculpture, movement, drama, voice, story-telling) in an improvisational manner that is responsive to clients’ needs. To be client-centered and respond to people’s lived experience in a holistic way rather than treating a particular diagnosis. A range of intervention techniques and processes including group work, creativity in mental health and systems approaches to psychotherapy. Students will also have the opportunity to choose from a range of exciting electives covering innovative and contemporary fields of practice such as: Eco-psychotherapy; Art and social action; Indigenous approaches to health and wellbeing; Dreams and symbols.

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts Therapy prepares graduates for an exciting career as arts therapists with the skills to attend to the needs of clients in a variety of professional settings, ranging from mental health organisations and agencies through to private practice.

Professional Accreditation: Graduates may be eligible for tier membership of the key arts therapy professional body in Australia, ANZACATA.


Students who successfully complete the first year of the Bachelor of Arts Therapy and decide they do not wish to continue their degree studies may exit with the nested award of Diploma of Arts Therapy.

Students who successfully complete two years of the Bachelor of Arts Therapy and decide they do not wish to continue their degree studies may exit with the nested award of Associate Degree of Arts Therapy.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
19,283 Per Year
Read more57,850 for the entire course
12 Sep 2022
06 Feb 2023
22 May 2023
3 years
Full time
Melbourne Campus
Level 4 and 6, 601 Bourke Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000

Entry criteria

You must be at least 21 years of age at course commencement and provide a written admission statement of 300-500 words explaining how the knowledge, skills and personal qualities you’ve gained through your experiences will help you succeed in your studies at Ikon. Applicants may also gain entry in recognition of their work and life experience.

Australian Year 12 Secondary School Certificate or other equivalent qualification

Completion of a VET qualification at Diploma level or higher

Completion (or partial completion) of a Higher Education qualification

English Language Entry Requirements

IELTS overall score 6.0. TOEFL iBT Computer Delivered 60-78; Pearson PTE Academic 51-58; Cambridge C1 Advanced 169-175.


IKON Institute of Australia
Adelaide Campus
Level 3, 127 Rundle Mall
Adelaide South Australia 5000
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